NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
San Antonio 21 24 28 26 99
Oklahoma City 28 12 36 26 102
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT0:00 , February 24, 2021
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Short-handed Spurs set to resume season vs. Thunder

According to STATS
According to STATS

San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. The Thunder have gone 11-4 in their last 15 home games against the Spurs dating back to the 2012-13 season, with the Spurs averaging 99.2 points over those games.
  2. Shae Gilgeous-Alexander went 10-of-15 from the field last time out and is now shooting 50.5 percent from the field. He is one of nine players in the NBA averaging at least 22.0 points this season while shooting at least 50.0 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from three.
  3. Prior to the postponements, the Spurs won their last two games, scoring 120+ points and shooting at least 50.0 percent as a team in both games. The Spurs have won five of their last six, and their 9-3 road record ranks second in the NBA (Lakers, 13-3).
  4. Derrick White scored 25 points last time out after averaging 9.9 points in his first seven games played this season. He also had four steals in his last game, the same number he had in his first seven games combined.
  5. In his last game, Dejounte Murray became the seventh NBA player this season to have at least 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals in a game. He took a career-high 22 field-goal attempts in the game.
  6. The Thunder lost at home to the Heat on Monday, 108-94. Oklahoma City has lost eight home games this season by double digits, most in the NBA.

With his team back on the practice floor Monday for the first time in more than a week, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wasn't about to feel sorry for his team's situation.

"We've always had the philosophy that there are always people or groups of people who have it worse than you do," Popovich said. "Considering our position, we're very, very, very well off. So, complaining or feeling sorry for oneself, that's not in the picture."

The Spurs' season resumes Wednesday night against the host Oklahoma City Thunder after being put on hold after San Antonio's Feb. 14 win in Charlotte.

Following that game, four Spurs players -- Rudy Gay, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell and Derrick White -- tested positive for COVID-19.

Quinndary Weatherspoon was already in the league's health and safety protocols before that game.

San Antonio will be plenty short-handed against the Thunder, with those five players all out as they work their way back from the protocols.

DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs' leading scorer, is also listed as out for personal reasons following his father's death.

San Antonio could also be without LaMarcus Aldridge, who hasn't played since Feb. 1 but could return after missing six games due to hip soreness.

Aldridge practiced Monday and was to be re-evaluated Tuesday before the team left San Antonio.

San Antonio recalled guard Tre Jones and forward Luka Samanic from the G League to assure them enough players to play Wednesday's game.

If Aldridge is able to play, Popovich would have 10 players available.

But the Spurs coach kept things in perspective, given not only the pandemic but last week's winter storm, which left plenty of Texans without power or water.

"Tough break for us," Popovich said. "But not near as difficult as many, many, many here in the state of Texas have had to endure."

San Antonio was on a roll before the stoppage, winning five of its last six, including a pair of games to start what was to be a seven-game road trip, which was to wrap up Wednesday.

The Thunder come into Wednesday's game having dropped seven of their last nine, including Monday's 108-94 loss in the first game of a four-game homestand.

Among the bright spots recently has been the play of 19-year-old rookie Theo Maledon.

In the five games since he returned from missing four games due to health and safety protocols, Maledon is shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from behind the 3-point line. In his first 21 games of the season, Maledon was shooting 39.7 percent and 36.6 percent.

While his assist numbers haven't risen much, his turnover numbers have only gone up slightly despite a big minutes increase as he's moved into the starting lineup.

"He's very composed for a rookie," Thunder veteran Mike Muscala said. "Obviously his experience in Europe really shows. Very mature and very poised. His shooting has really surprised me, too. He's a great shooter."

The Spurs won the first meeting between the teams, 112-102, in Oklahoma City on Jan. 12.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 23, 2021

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